Should I quit Facebook cold turkey?

Hi, I'm Deidre. In my posts, I talk about my voyage down the road of self-employment as a web copywriter, my achievements and roadblocks along the way, and what I’m learning as I go (with Marketing Mentor as my guide).

Last week, I realized my Facebook-checking twitch was out of control. I didn’t realize how bad it was—until I challenged myself to check it only once per day. I kept track. (This is me, ACTUALLY TRYING to check Facebook only once per day over the last two weeks.) 

  • Thursday – 13
  • Friday – 8
  • Sat/Sun – 4
  • Monday – 3
  • Tuesday – 5
  • Wednesday – 2
  • Thursday – 4
  • Friday – 7
  • Sat/Sun – 4
  • Monday – 3
  • Tues –  5
  • Wed – 6

That’s 64 times over the past two weeks. (And I’ll say it again … this was me trying to not check Facebook. Let’s say I spent 2 minutes per visit. That’s 2 hours over two weeks! And that doesn’t even factor in the mind-clutter factor. (How much Facebook-fluff is floating around in my mind after these visits—keeping me from thinking about productive things?) 

Many times, I found myself on Facebook before I even realized it. It was like, Click. Oh crap! For those of you who joined me on this challenge, I hope your results were better than mine.

What did I take away from these visits? 


  • Over the top details of a love triangle from a girl I was in school with.
  • Random information about people I hardly know.
  • People fighting about sports.
  • Farmville requests (thankfully, I still have no idea what that is, but I bet if I started, I’d have to quit that too). 


  • Cute pictures of my friends’ kids.

What am I going to do?

Cheryl and Damien commented on the CFC blog, and I love their suggestions. I’m disabling my Facebook profile. I’m going to call my friends, and hope they call me. And if something life-altering is happening on the Facebook front, surely somebody will tell me. As for the cute kid pictures, I’m going to ask my husband to show me all of them. He can be my spam filter.